December skin care notes

Eee… Happy New Year’s eve and I’m drafting this post, not partying me? Yo, no no… but gifts are packed and bowed! 😀

My new year’s eve excitement ended with the full stop in previous sentence. Nothing exciting happening here, I hope people all around the world (and anyone reading this post,  which I doubt) may have a great time. Anyways lets get to business:


This month I tried all new products; has the hunt for perfect moisturizer ended with Lacto Calamine? How did cocoa butter work on my extreme dry skin? Let me note down one at a time:

Lacto Calamine with Koalin and Aloe Vera – See the dry skin tag, this is what caught my attention. Most of the advertisements of Lacto Calamine are for oil/dust free skin so I never gave it any look. But, woh and oh this cutie little lotion comes for dry skin too, let me try. It is good for as a moisturizer, doesn’t give a greasy look and decent moisturization, which would be ok in summer but in winter I need more. I finished this bottle and would not buy it for winter, maybe in summer if I do not find anything better.

Himalaya Herbals Body lotion, cocoa butter and wheatgerm – This is the body lotion my skin has been craving for, total love! It moisturizes perfectly(I’m not scratching as much as before). It is made for extra dry skin, as the label says, smells so chocolaty and smells lingers all round the day. I’m gonna get this again, it is already over.

Burt’s Bees lip-balms – I have already made extensive notes on these here. Currently trying to finish Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate Oil is backup in purse, hence using these only. From tomorrow onwards I’m gonna attack Nivea Raspberry Rose, which is still packed, can’t wait to indulge into some raspberry! Here are some more raspberries.

I wish I get the perfect(decent at least) face moisturizer in 2014. Make a wish in below comment box, Beauty Goddess refers my post comments for granting them, no kidding yeah 😉



Burt’s Bees lip-balms – Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate Oil, Honey

My notes about the famous Burt’s Bee lip-balms. I got three flavors of Burt’s Bee (Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate Oil and Honey) somewhere in October, since then I’ve been using only Burt’s Bee lip-balms and trying to decide whether I like them or not. Winter has arrived in India and my super-dry skin needs to drink moisturizers, lips are no exception. I have come to accept that I eat more lip-products than breakfast 😀


Anyways to begin the notes about Burt’s Bees, the flavor that I tired first was Pink Grapefruit (this was good choice, that I would come to know later). It is a clear lip-balm no tint, smells citric(y) and give good protection to chapped lips. Stays on for 1 hour or so, I don’t lick my lips, by God! Nothing very special, does what any other lip-balm does. Oh and yes it is smooth, not so buttery smooth but smoother than Burt’s Bee Pomegranate which is smoother than Burt’s Bee Honey.

Burt’s Bee Pomegranate is berry color in tube but applies clear on lips. The smell is delicate, not as strong as Nivea Pomegranate which is one of my favorites. Applies not so smoothly, I need to press hard. This works same like grapefruit in terms of protection. So nothing very great here as well.

I saved the worst for last,  Burt’s Bee Honey lip-balm. It is hard, I need to tug it on lips three four times to get a decent coverage. Smells sweet, but I do not like the smell, since it smells so bad and is so difficult to apply I couldn’t use it much, cannot say much about protection of lips.


Overall,  the good thing about Burt’s Bees is the Natural tag, these are 100% natural. In terms of lip protection from cold they work ok, as in Bangalore Winter is not chilly. Pink Grapefruit was best amongst three; applies smooth, smells nice and gives protection from chapped lips. I wouldn’t be picking these again, I may try their best peppermint flavor if available in India (someday) and not this expensive (I got three for 11.85 Euros, approx Rs 340 each).


PS: I want I want Nivea Raspberry and Rose next.

Update 15-5-2014:

Here is a update to this post on where one can buy Burt’s bees lip balm in India. Sadly they are not available online with reasonable price, that means you can find them on, etc. but very pricey, like 2k for one lip balm. The good news is Burt’s bees products are available in Sephora Delhi, so all ya beautiful ladies in Delhi have a treat!

Quick kadai vegetables


Cooking on weekdays is always a challenge, be it in morning (quick lunch) or night (quick dinner). I always think before starting to fix a meal, what can be cooked quickly and yet not compromised on taste. See ‘quick’ is the buzz word on weekdays, think something quick to be cooked quick. My notes on this post are for quick karai veg, this is the most simplified version I could quickly think.


I gave it kadai vegetable name for two reasons; 1. It is cooked in karadi 😉 2. The vegetables are cute in square shape like karai chicken or karai paneer. So lets first start with pre…

Ingredients :-

  1. Oil – 4 tbsp
  2. Cumin – 1/2 tsp
  3. Onion – 1 medium
  4. Bell pepper – 2 medium
  5. Potatoes – 1 medium
  6. Tomato – 1 big
  7. Coriander powder – 2 tbsp
  8. Dave ka divy garam masala – 1 tsp (magical ingredient, which is available only in Indore, substitute it with any garam masala)
  9. Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
  10. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  11. Salt – 1 tsp


Cut onion in square shape (1×1 cm), separate all the layers from each other. Remove seeds from inside of bell pepper, cut in square shape like onion. Peal and cut potato in square slices, (thickness should not be like cube, or they will take too much time to cook, remember the mantra ‘quick’) . Now, the tomato, remove all the pulp and seeds from tomato, and drink it immediately, cut the tomato in same squares are bell pepper.


Heat oil in karai on low medium flame; add cumin seeds, once they start crackling add onions give a violent stir; fry for 2 mins. Now add bell peppers stir again, slowly; let it fry for 4 mins. Next add potatoes, stir stir; fry for another 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt and at last garam masala. Stir, make sure dry masala is evenly spread in all veggies. Wait till bell pepper start to turn soft (the color will change to dark green ), now add tomatoes and stir gently. Cover karai with lid, turn the heat to lowest and leave it for 4-5 minutes. Open and check if potatoes are cooked and are soft, if yes turn the heat off. You can add more color to this dish by choosing mix of yellow – green color bell pepper.

Tada, karai veg is ready!


In clouds – Nandi Hills, Karnataka

This was a quick half day trip to Nandi Hills, which is around 60 KMs from Bangalore. They say it is best to reach on the hill before sunrise, we started from our house on our bike around 3:30 am and reached hill top at 6:15  am. By the time we reached hill top Sun had risen already, nevertheless the golden clouds on the way to top were beautiful. The road is in very good condition, two wheelers and four wheelers can reach top without any hassle.

Sunrise on the way to hill top.


After you reach hill-top (by paying 20 rupees entry fee per person and 20 rupee for parking a two wheeler), the only thing of interest is the view point. A platform of iron plates is made from where people can view the sunrise and get profile pictures clicked for Facebook. I heard one guy, ‘arey mere to ek bhi profile picture nahi liya abhi tak’ 😀


Now you’re in clouds, I wanted to jump in there and float in clouds 😀


Clouds were so dense I could not see the land below, it was pleasant


Beware! It is all Monkey Business there. You see that monkey is eating my big pack of potato chips? Yes, monkeys will come fom no-where and snatch anything eatable. So it is better to go stuffed and not carry anything to eat while enjoying beautiful sunrise.